Jazz is…

According to Webster, Jazz is…
American music developed esp. from ragtime and blues and characterized by propulsive syncopated rhythms, polyphonic ensemble playing, varying degrees of improvisation, and often deliberate distortions of pitch and timbre.

O Jazz,
aural manifestation of poetry,
animanipea considered,
your rich character defies description
within the bland confines of our language.
If only we could understand scat…
Perhaps then, we could commit your magic to paper,
and lose nothing in the translation,
other than jazz itself.

O Jazz,
your sound waves provide
an emotional venue for soul surfing.
Sonic swells vary in character,
yet the rhythm of the tide
delivers on promises,
leaving hope in its wake.

O Jazz,
saxophone soliloquies send messages,

sometimes in bottles of cheap reds,
Save our souls!

My soul dances….

Jazz is as Jazz does

Jazz is

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